May 30, 2011

Keeping The "Red" In Redhead

"Summertime, and the living is easy".. Well, sort of. Being a red head especially in the summertime can be hard on hair.

Deep Red
 Color fades fast,when spending time outdoors in the bright sunshine, and hair can get a bit dry. Over the years, I have been every shade of red there is, I think. from strawberry blond,to copper (which I love), to bright red, all the way to deep burgundy.

One thing's for sure, the key to long lasting hair color is to protect it from UV rays and damage. I have had great results with a few lines of haircare products,and am normally able to keep my color going for four weeks or longer by using them. (Yes, six weeks IS possible)

Strawberry w/Hi-Lites
Sometimes I color at home using either Garnier Hair color,or L'oreal Preference. I have found that these brands last the longest, with care, and condition hair the best. At the salon, my hairstylist uses Redkin. To keep my hair healthy, I usually time my cut and color all together, or color two days after a cut.
I strongly recommend using products that are sulfate free,meaning that there are no chemicals to strip hair color. My favorites are also from the L'oreal Haircare line. I use Ever Pure Shampoo and Conditioner. It is 100% sulfate free, and also 100% vegan. I also protect my hair with EverPure UV Protect Spray. A quick spritz,before styling protects hair from damaging rays. (and it smells wonderful! Rosemary and Mint infused) $8.99 at Target, and Walgreen's,most retailers. Shampoo $6.99
Another great product is from Aveda. Try their Sun Care Protective Hair Veil. This is a water -resistant spray that protects from both UVA and UVB damage. Infused with wintergreen and cinnamon bark oils ,and an

anti-oxidizing blend of green tea extract, certified organic sunflower seed oil and vitamin E. $26 Available at, and Aveda Salons.
Keep the blaze alive!
Until next time~
Hugs and Hearts

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May 27, 2011

Finding "Me" Time

Taking care of yourself while taking care of your family can be a challenge, Save a little time and money, with a great moisturizer.

Lancome Renergie Lift does the job of two creams, for the price of one.

I have been having a tough time finding moisturizer to meet the needs of somewhat dry, sensitive skin. Every one of them for some reason will leave a greasy feel to my skin, and later make it break out.

I recently decided to try Lancome, since they had a free gift with purchase, and I am so very glad that I did. One of my choices was Lift Volumentry. This lifting and reshaping cream not only firms but contains SPF 15 to protect skin.
The cream promises to give a youthfull appearence to skin and to lift jawline and facial features, giving  smoother, tighter feel and appearance.

The first thing I noticed was the non-greasy texture,and the way it made my skin feel. It was light, it didnt irritate my skin (we all know that first sign of redness that appears) and it looked wonderful when I woke up in the morning. I didn't have any little breakouts along my chin or forehead.

I had been using Estee Lauder Daywear, but stopped because I noticed that my skin felt a bit oily,and that it was making my face breakout in little tiny bumps here and there. It also left my face with a slight redness after use, and I couldn't put on my foundation right away,or else it would slip off.

I have to say, that after using this for a week, I have noticed my skin looks brighter, has a firmer feel, and see much better results than with the Estee Lauder.

I think this one is a keeper,and will report down the road on how well it performs overall.

Don't be afraid to give this one a try yourself,I think you will be happy with the results.

 $88 at major department stores.

Until next time~

Hugs and Hearts

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May 21, 2011

Summer Sizzle

Soft shades of bronze,gold, and browns are perfect for the warmer weather ahead.

I am loving the latest look from LORAC. These sultry hues were featured in an earlier article of mine for Beautystat,but I never had the chance to swatch the shades personally. For my review check out the link here:

Luckily the sample kit did arrive, (I waited for almost a month!) so I decided to feature the set again here so that you can get an idea of just how gorgeous these colors really are. 

The "Touch Me,Tease Me, TANtalize Me" Collection is a set of two limited edition must haves. I was sent the "Hot Off The Red Carpet" look to sample.

The set contains 2 exclusive eyeshadow duos, a limited edition TANtalizer Baked Bronzer,a full size 3D lipgloss in a sexy rose gold shade. It comes tucked inside a savvy chic gold "Blingy Bag" that can be used later on as an evening clutch or makeup bag. And yes, this is just the right size for fitting into your purse,not too big, and holds the collection well, with a little room to spare.Retail price is  $36. Available at Ulta,, Sephora, and

If you're a red head like me, these are perfect for giving just a hint of glow to fair skin, and playing up blue or green eyes. The shadows are buttery smooth and go on easily, so a light hand is all that is needed.The quality is really there. This collection will last all summer.

 What I like most about this collection is that it isn't over the top on glitter. Anyone can wear these shades, then just add a bit more for evening wear. The colors are perfect for a breezy office look or a day at the pool. Add a bit more drama by adding more brown as a liner smudged at lash line for a smoldering date-night look. 

Another great tip to try is to add a gilded eyeliner to the look. One of my favorites is Aqua Eyes by Makeup Forever in 1L-Copper. This has all day staying power, is waterproof,doesn't run or fade and is suitable for even sensitive eyes. Check out the website here:

These shades will bring out the golden goddess in you! 

Until next time~
Hugs and Hearts


This kit was sent to me to review from LORAC

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May 8, 2011

Let's Hear It For Moms! (And Mom's-to be!)

Happy Mother's Day..To ALL of the fabulous moms out there! It's your day to shine.

BellevueGrl wishes to take the time to honor all of the wonderful women in our lives!

For all you do,the sacrifices you have made,the lunches, the late night laundry,and cupcake baking,the "taxi" driving, and the cheerleader at our games... Mom, we love you!

Until next time~
Hug and Hearts

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